§ Mr. William Powell
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied with the state of the law relating to outrageous, explicit and offensive video material; and whether he proposes any further action.
§ Mr. Brittan
I am not satisfied with the current state of the law. The Government fully accept the need for more effective control of the sale and rental of objectionable video cassettes, as we made clear in our election manifesto. I welcome the proposed introduction by the video industry of voluntary controls, but I do not consider that, by themselves, such controls will be sufficient. There will certainly have to be statutory controls and I am urgently considering what form they should take.